Illustrates that proper management of schedules, responsibilities, privileges and finances leads to a happier home.
Ken Smith notes: The Miller family is in a rut. Mom decides to take the initiative and "work out a system for living together in harmony." From now on, the family will be managed "like a business," with weekly family council meetings where everyone's responsibilities will be clearly outlined. This approach strikes the other family members as a terrific idea ("Say, mom -- you're swell!") and everybody ends up happy. Classic mid-century thinking. Son "Harold" has the best lines.
FAMILY LIFE PARENTS CHILDREN ARGUMENTS MEETINGS SCHEDULES LISTS FINANCES BUDGETS
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- United States
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Subject: Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.
Personally, when our children were in upper elementary and middle school we did exactly this. We had a family meeting, set up a card file system for chores and activities and adopted the rule that once your cards were completed for the day the remaining time was personal free time. The system allowed for flexibility when the unexpected happened while supporting stability in our daily routines.
This system ended the arguments and complaining around chores and the perception that any one person was doing the majority of the heavy lifting. Each person became responsible for their personal space, belongings, and care.
By creating weekly meal plans we eliminated food waste and slashed our food bills by nearly two-thirds.
Did the children LOVE the system? No, they're tween and teen-agers. They didn't love much of anything that involved responsibilities and work. But now, as adults with families of their own, they frequently express gratitude for that card file system and the work ethic it instilled in them.
I highly encourage anyone struggling with disorganization and overwhelm in the home to look into an organizing system. The one we used was the S.H.E. system but pick the one that works for you. You are unique and what works for you is as individual as you are.
Subject: Laughable But Good!
But this short movie concisely and clearly makes its point. No time is wasted here. Not exactly my favorite, but it's a classic example of its genre.
Subject: That Was The Trip They Saved Up For?
Does anybody else think that the female narrator at the beginning of this film is the same voice as the female dog Buck brought home in that episode of Married With Childrem?
Subject: Some truly nice ideas, but...
I sometimes watch these films and realize that I have NO clue what a real family in the 40s and 50s was actually like, because all of these films portray an ideal outcome and helpful, cooperative behavior from the whole family, and I know it can't possibly have been like that.
the film also features the trademark Coronet list making solution to the problem at hand, which always makes me chuckle a bit. Everything gets solved with a list at Coronet.
Subject: Come on, people.
Subject: Gee Mom You're Swell!
Subject: Family Therapy Through List-Making
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
Subject: CEO Mom
Subject: A Mixer is sacrificed...
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